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Haze + The Kindred Spirit Band
Haze + The Kindred Spirit Band

Sun, 04 Dec



Haze + The Kindred Spirit Band

Although starting out as a neo-progressive band, the Haze sound includes folky, funky & pop influences, and on the latest CD a return to their prog roots with definite metal overtones!

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04 Dec 2022, 19:00

Southampton, Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14 3AR, UK


About The Event

HAZE are a UK based rock band, who released their latest CD 'Back To The Bones' on 4th July 2020 on Gabadon Records.

Although starting out as a neo-progressive band, the Haze sound includes folky, funky & pop influences, and on the latest CD a return to their prog roots with definite metal overtones!

Sheffield progressive rockers Haze recently released 'Back To The Bones' their first studio album of new material since 2013's 'The Last Battle'. Available on CD and download/stream from Bandcamp and all the other usual places, the album features 10 original songs.

This is the first studio album to feature new drummer, and guitarist Paul McMahon's son, Danny McMahon, who also produced & engineered the album.

The album is probably the heaviest sounding release from the band, marking a definite 'back to our roots' direction, although there is still some of the folky influence from 'The Last Battle' apparent in some songs.

All songs were written by guitarist/vocalist Paul McMahon, with 3 co-written by Catrin Ashton, one with Chris McMahon and one with Danny McMahon.

In fact the song 'Lockdown', was entirely written and performed by Danny McMahon, with Paul McMahon just adding lyrics, vocals & slide guitar & Chris adding bass.

In keeping with a long-standing Haze tradition, we've included one very old song on the CD 'To Us All', written in the 70s when Chris & Paul were still teenagers!

The Kindred Spirit Band

Five-piece Kindred Spirit Band has a unique take on the Prog Folk Rock genre, weaving thrilling lead electric violin / viola or electric guitar and flute / sax with “perceptive and intriguing” song-writing, driving rhythms and "haunting and bewitching" female vocals. Their sound has been likened to Renaissance, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull and the Moody Blues. Prog Rock and Prog Metal Zine described their band sound as, 

“One of the best folk rock acts in activity in the UK”

Band founder and driving force, Elaine Samuels, began performing solo in folk clubs at the age of only 13, getting a mention in the local press as “one to watch”! She has featured on television, radio and at countless festivals and venues up and down the country. To quote Rosie Upton of the Bath Evening Chronicle,

"Elaine has a voice which can be both hauntingly beautiful & deeply is her rich repertoire of perceptive, intriguing self penned songs combined with her guitar work which sets her apart”.

Elaine evolved the full Kindred Spirit Band band, notably performing at Guildford and Glastonbury Festivals and Liverpool's famous Cavern Club. Their most recent album, “Elemental”, is attracting attention while acclaim for previous album, “Phoenix Rising”, led to international album distribution and a feature in Prog Magazine, with Rachel Mann describing their sound as,

“Folk rock meets classical with a scientific edge”.

The Kindred Spirit Band are currently Elaine Samuels (vocals / acoustic & electric guitar), Piers Hogg (electric guitar), Keith Buckman (bass guitar / bvs), Stevie Mitchell (flute / sax / vocals), and Paul Austin (drums & percussion). This new, post lockdown line-up has already performed to acclaim at “A New Day Festival”, “The Exchange”, Twickenham, Cambridge Rock Festival, Wokingham Festival, Carshalton Eco Festival and The Soundle Weekend!


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